WRITERS’ GROUPS MEET IN NEIGHBORHOOD: The Writer’s Garret hosts several literary events on a monthly basis at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 LaVista, among which is the Writers’ Block, a free forum on literary topics.

On Jan. 14, the Writers’ Block features U T D instructor Millard Lampell, who will discuss “In the Shadow of McCarthyism: Writers Then and Now” at 1 p.m. Following the discussion, the attending writers will read their own work.

On the third Sunday of each month, Peggy Little’s Writers’ Roundtable and Joe Stanco’s Poets’ Roundtable meet. This month, the writer’s roundtable is at 1 p.m. and the poets’ is at 3 p.m. Both are Jan. 21.

The Lakewood Poetry Group also meets the first Friday of each month at Paperbacks Plus. Contact Thea Temple for Writer’s Garret information at 828-1715 and Michael Puttonen for Lakewood Poetry information at 827-2626.

LIBRARY BOOK REVIEW SERIES: Rose-Mary Rumbley, local historian, humorist and author, will speak Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, as part of the 1996 Book Review Series sponsored by Lakewood Library Friends. Rumbley will discuss “First Encounters”, a book about people meeting people with a neighborhood twist. Completing the 1996 series will be Jimmie Kennedy, reviewing two biographies about Ingrid Bergman on Feb. 27, and Prudence McIntosh, local author and writer for Texas Monthly and D Magazine, who speaks March 26. All programs are free and open to the public. For information, call the library at 670-1376.

BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR ARTISTS: Neighborhood artists have a chance to see their work on billboards thank to Road Art!, a cooperative effort of Elter Media Co. and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Road Art!, a project Councilman Mary Poss helped launch, is a competition in Dallas/Fort Worth that will award four winners the chance to see their work reproduced on 14-foot by 48-foot billboards on Dallas roadways. Entries are due to Eller Media, 3700 E. Randol Mill Road, in Arlington by 5 p.m. on Jan. 12. Winners will be announced in March, and each will receive a $500 honorarium. Only one entry is allowed per artist, and there is no entry fee. For guidelines, call Brenda McMickle at (817) 640-4550.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT PUBLISHES POETRY: East Dallas resident Nancy Srebro’s poem, “Abulations”, was recently published in “Between the Raindrops”, a book of poems compiled by the National Library of Poetry. Srebro has been writing for 10 years. She is a graduate of Greenhill High School.

FOR FILM LOVERS: The Oasis Film Society meets at 7 p.m. every Saturday at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 LaVist, in the Lakewood Shopping Center. The group is for film enthusiasts and aspiring movie makers. Attendees are asked to make a $5 donation. Call Scott Means for information at 824-5969.

FAMILY THEATER FUN: The Dallas Theater Center presents Family Day on Jan. 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., a free open-house that includes sample theater classes, puppet shows and a free performance of “The Ugly Duckling”. The event is at the Kalia Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtles Creek. Call 526-8210, ext. 304, for information.

AUTHOR DISCUSSES HER WORK: Neila Skinner Patrick, author of “Jane Long, Mother of Texas”, addresses the Dallas chapter of the Women’s National Book Association at 6:30 p.m. at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista, on Jan. 24. The event is open to the public. Call 827-4860 for information.